SFO, Here I Come!

Remember when I told you guys that I won a big contest at work, and was being whisked away to San Francisco to compete in the final round?  Well, it’s GO TIME!

I leave for Northern California bright and early tomorrow morning, and I’m incredibly excited-nervous-ecstatic-terrified!  Yes, that’s a lot of emotions… but it doesn’t even come close to how I feel!

For the past few days, I’ve been practicing for the contest like crazy… but I really don’t think I’ve practiced enough.  I’ll likely keep rehearsing right up until the final moment before I compete on Wednesday.

My biggest competition in this contest:

Yep, THIS GIRL!

Me and my nerves.  This is what I’ll be battling on Wednesday (competition day!)

My nerves were pretty intense the last go ’round, and I’m hopeful that they won’t get any worse this time.  Although, there is more at stake and the competition has gotten steeper!  Last round, I only had to compete against one other finalist (who was HUGE competition on his own.)  This next round, I think there are about 50 of us – - EEKS!

So, like any lady in the competition… I’ve done what makes most sense:  I’ve decided to win the fashion portion of the competition!  No, there’s not an official fashion portion… but I’ve taken a lot of time getting my outfits pulled together.  At this point, I feel like I’ve been to all the stores, and bought everything I need.  (Except for a small purse for the concert.  I’m bummed I didn’t find one I liked!)

When I receive descriptions like “Dress to Impress” in relation to dress code, and another day is described as “Rockstar Chic”… I put the time in to make sure that I’m meeting the description.

One of these lucky dresses will be going to San Francisco with me to the finals…

I found these two cute, cute dresses at White House Black Market.  While initially convinced to go with the dress on the left, I have since decided to go with the dress on the right and couldn’t be happier with how the whole look came together.  Including these amazing new shoes.

Those darn Nordstrom’s sales guys talked me into these bad boys (which were on sale!), and I have to admit… I adore them.  Incredibly comfortable and my very first Michael Kors purchase…

The incredibly helpful team at Nordy’s also helped me find a new red lipstick and a new blush that I *needed* for this trip.

It’s no secret I love to shop… and I’ll tell you, something else occurred to me today.

I would have been INCREDIBLY UNCOMFORTABLE participating in this contest two years ago.

Last time I was on a boat on the Pacific – December 2010

I would have been so nervous about what I looked like on-stage, on camera or even in a dress.  I would have dreaded what I would eat at dinner for fear of what would be on the table.  And, I’d have been worried about how in the world  I would schlep up the hills I’ve seen in the movies.

One of my all-time favorite movies…

And, likely most of all… I’d have been afraid to spend that time (even if just 5 minutes) in the spotlight.  Getting more comfortable in my skin and in moments of recognition is something I’ve had to work on, and something I’m still growing into over time.   The old me used to like to blend into the shadows, but the new me is really trying to be more comfortable center stage and is READY TO ROCK!

By this time next week, I’ll be able to tell you exactly how it went… and how it felt to be up there.  Stay tuned!

With that… I’m signing off for the week and taking my first blog-vacation since I started this little thing.  I plan to write about my adventures when I get back, and to post some updates via social media along the way.

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Have a fantastic week, my dears… and wish me luck!!!

 

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  1. MIZ says:

    ***waves from the east bay!!***

    • nothankstocake says:

      Thanks, Carla! Can’t wait to get there! **waving from Denver**

  2. Emmie says:

    You’re going to do great, and have a kick ass time. And I’m stealing your shoes, just FYI.

    • nothankstocake says:

      Seriously…. those shoes are AMAZING, and so comfortable! Can’t wait to wear them… get you a pair, lady!

  3. Jillian says:

    Gooooood luck! You;ll do amazing. PS. I love the striped dress on the right A LOT! ;)

    Jillian

    • nothankstocake says:

      Thanks, dear! Let’s get together when I get back (PS… Your URL changed! I can’t keep up!)

  4. Alyssa says:

    You will be FANTASTIC!!! Have fun in my former stomping grounds, I was just there and the weather is beaaaaautiful!

    • nothankstocake says:

      Too bad you are not still there!!! Any recommendations for dinner in Sausalito? Heard that’s a cute area… or really anywhere! Let me know!

  5. Marion says:

    Best of luck, break a leg (good luck saying in theatre lingo) and I will pray for you! I so agree wih your choice of dress because I had commented how thin you looked in it! Vavavoom fashion contest winner bam!

  6. This is exciting! And they’ll love you, they would be crazy not to!

  7. Patty says:

    Good luck sweetheart! You look gorgeous in both dresses. Knock ‘em dead in the competition. Hope you have a great time on this trip! :)

  8. SO exciting! You are going to do amazing and look great all at the same time! I loved both dresses, but I think the right dress with those shoes is going to be perfect. EEK! Good luck and enjoy your trip!

  9. Mely says:

    Yay! I’m glad you picked the white and black dress! I love it and you look AMAZING on it. I’m sad I’m busy this week and can’t drive to SF to meet you, but I know you are going to fall in love with SF and I’ll get to see you next time. Good luck and enjoy SF.

  10. Sarah says:

    Good luck! You look fab in both dresses!! Have so much fun in SF – it’s one of my all-time favorite cities!!